Comparing students’ perceptions of paper-based and electronic portfolios

Maarten van Wesel, Anouk Prop

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Electronic portfolios offer many advantages to their paper-based counterparts, including, but not limited to working on ICT skills, adding multimedia and easier sharing of the portfolio. Previous research showed that the quality of a portfolio does not depend on the medium used. In this article the perceived support for self-reflection of an electronic portfolio and a paper-based portfolio in the same ecological setting are compared. We made use of the fact that during this study about half of the first year medical students was using an electronic portfolio (n = 157) and the other half a paper-based portfolio (n = 190). Nine questions were added to the standard end of the block evaluation, which is handed to 25 percent of year one educational groups. Findings suggest that perceptions about the support for self-reflection, and the usefulness of compiling a portfolio, do not differ between students using an electronic portfolio and students using a paper-based portfolio.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Learning and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • ePortfolio
  • paper vs electronic portfolios

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